When you are Admitted to Chedworth Suite

What to Expect When you are Admitted to our Ward

On arrival to the Chedworth suite, please report to reception. The receptionist will take your name and let the nurses know you have arrived. You will be asked to have a seat in the waiting room until the nursing staff are ready to call you through. Day surgery patients for the morning lists will arrive in the unit at 8am, patients for the afternoon lists will arrive at 1pm.

Once you have been allocated a trolley, a nurse will come and introduce themselves and prepare you for theatre. This is the person responsible for your care, who you can ask questions of and who will support you through the day. If your nurse goes off shift, they will introduce you to the nurse taking over responsibility for your care.

If you have not attended a pre-assessment clinic, the nurse will ask you some questions about your past medical history and take details of your next-of-kin and take details of the person collecting you after surgery. A name band will be put around your wrist so that all staff can identify you. A red allergy band will also be applied if you have any allergies. Any rings and piercings that cannot be removed will be covered by tape. Dentures must also be moved prior to surgery if you are having a general anaesthetic. If you are having a local anaesthetic you may keep your dentures in. You will be given a hospital gown to change in to and shown where to leave your belongings and clothes.

Things you can do:

  • Only bring medication if you need to take it while you are with us. If you have not been to pre-admission clinic-bring a list of your medication.
  • If you are staying overnight please bring in all your medication and an overnight bag with nightwear and toiletries.
  • Please leave all valuables at home including watches, jewellery, phones and wallets. Facilities are limited for security of these items.
  • You will be sent fasting information in the letter asking you to attend for surgery. If you attend pre-assessment written fasting instructions will be given to you. PLEASE follow this advice. If it is not clear then please phone the ward for advice as failure to fast may lead to a delay or cancellation of your surgery. This includes drinking fluids with milk in, eating chewing gum or sweets.
  • Do bring in comfortable clothes to wear home, a dressing gown and slippers and some magazines or a book to keep you entertained.
  • Ensure you have organised someone to pick you up following surgery, and stay with you overnight. We cannot discharge you home on your own following a general anaesthetic (where you go to sleep).
  • Remove nail varnish, jewellery and make-up prior to admission

Please be aware that the Trust is now a smoke free NHS. Smoking is not permitted in any building or within the grounds of any of our sites. Information and support is available to any patients who wish to stop smoking. Nicotine Replacement Therapy is available to help reduce your cravings during your stay.


Going Home

Please be aware that we have different surgeons operating on the same day in different theatres. Patients come to the unit for a variety of procedures and other patients will be having different procedures to you. Therefore please do not worry if you see other patients going to theatre before you, or getting up and going home before you. This is quite normal.

Before you can go home, we will ensue you are comfortable and check your dressings. Most patients will also be required to walk out to the toilet and pass urine before discharge. This is entirely normal so do not worry if a nurse asks you to do so. We will then call the person collecting you to pick you up and give them details of where to park.

A nurse will give you pain killers for you to take home if needed, and tell you how often to take them. They will also give you discharge instructions to follow at home. You will have received a leaflet about your operation when you attended pre-assessment, and the nurse will explain  what to expect when you go home. The nurse will be able to answer any questions you have, and give you the details of who to contact if you require further advice or information once home.

You may be asked to take a seat in the waiting room once you have been discharged. This is so we can prepare the unit for other patients coming in after you.